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Pakistan Hangs Two For Sectarian Murder

Pakistan has hanged two militants found guilty of the murder of a Shi'ite doctor in Karachi in the latest executions since the government lifted a moratorium on capital punishment in December.

Attaullah, alias Qasim, and Mohammad Azam were convicted of killing doctor Ali Raza in 2001 at a bazaar in Karachi. Both men were members of the banned Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which regularly targets Shi'ites.

A prison official speaking under condition of anonymity confirmed the two men were hanged on the morning of February 3.

In Karachi, two small bombs exploded near schools on February 3. A note left behind warned of more violence if the hangings continue.

Pakistan's government ended its moratorium on the death penalty after Taliban militants killed 151 people in the December 16 Peshawar school massacre.

With reporting by AFP

With reporting by AFP

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